Week 1 Fantasy Football Start/Sit & Waivers



FOOTBALL IS BACK... And with it, Fantasy Football is back! So if you are scratching your head on who you should be starting and sitting for Week 1 then don't worry, the @FF_Astronauts have got you covered. @K_H_Ray, @ZTwiceFF, & @MattFFDynasty will be giving you their weekly Start/Sits and also highlighting their Waiver Targets once the season begins. So here's to a successful and enjoyable 2021 fantasy season!

 

Quarterback

 

Starts

Start Of The Week

Jalen Hurts @ ATL (@MattFFDynasty)

Jalen Hurts kicks off the 2021 season with an ideal matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. The game appears to be a potential shootout with the Eagles going up against the worst-ranked defense Vs QBs in fantasy points allowed (PA) in 2020. Hurts averaged 25.9 FPPG in his 3 full starts last year, so with the soft matchup and his rushing upside, Hurts is a must-start Week 1 if you roster him.


Matthew Stafford Vs CHI (@K_H_Ray)

After 12 seasons in Detroit, Matt Stafford joins the Rams in sunny southern California. A long way to travel just to end up playing the Bears again. Luckily for the LA signal-caller (and his fantasy managers), Chicago's re-worked secondary should allow for plenty of opportunities for this Rams offense, which is full of talented playmakers. I like Stafford this week as a low-end QB1.


Matt Ryan Vs ATL (@ZTwiceFF)

Ryan is a safe, high upside play going into week 1. There is a lot of uncertainty heading into the first week but I expect the Falcons to be throwing, playing catchup from their bottom 5 defense.

 

Sits

Sit of the Week

Joe Burrow Vs MIN (@ZTwiceFF)

Burrow is coming off a devastating injury last year and does not seem to have an improved O-Line. I worry he will not have time in the pocket to succeed and likely will lack confidence in the knee as seen in reports during camp. I'd like to see him play a week before I have any sort of confidence in him.


Ben Roethlisberger @ BUF (@MattFFDynasty)

Big Ben has an array of pass-catching talent to pass to once again in 2021, however, this is not a great matchup to begin the season. The Bills have one of the stronger defenses in the NFL and with the Steelers having their struggles on the O-Line, it could be a long night for Big Ben. He’s a bottom-half fantasy QB this week.


Jameis Winston Vs GB (@K_H_Ray)

Winston earned the starting job this preseason over Taysom Hill. With a full year under the Saints umbrella, Jamies will look to shake his reckless perception. Hill is surely going to remain involved in the offense, particularly in red zone packages, taking away scoring opportunities. With the offensive uncertainty and a matchup against the tough Packers secondary, take a wait-and-see approach with Winston.

 

Running Back

 

Starts

Start Of The Week

Raheem Mostert @ DET (@ZTwiceFF)

A lot of people have left Mostert for dead with the drafting of Sermon, but he is likely a very safe start this week. As heavy favorites against Detroit, I expect SF to have a run-heavy scheme with Jimmy G starting under center, and Aiyuk coming off an injury. Mostert will have a safe floor with upside due to his ability to make explosive plays.


James Robinson @ HOU (@MattFFDynasty)

Coming off an impressive rookie season where Robinson finished as the RB7 (PPR), he enters Week 1 as the starter once again after the offseason season-ending injury to Travis Etienne. The Jags go up against a Texans team that is depleted of talent this season and this is the ideal opportunity to make it a winning start. The Jags will be able to make rookie QB Trevor Lawrence’s first start easy by leaning on the run game in this one and therefore makes Robinson an easy start this week in fantasy.


Gus Edwards @ LV (@K_H_Ray)

With the loss of J.K. Dobbins for the season, Gus Edwards emerges as the top back to lead the NFL's most run-heavy squad. They also face a Raiders defense that was one of the worst at defending the run in 2020. Edwards has a great chance to reach the end zone Monday night.

 

Sits

Sit of the Week

D'Andre Swift Vs SF (@MattFFDynasty)

There’s no denying the talent Swift has, and I expect him to have a successful 2021 season, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable trusting him this week. Swift has missed most of training camp and preseason this offseason with a groin injury so may be eased back into action. But on top of that, he faces a strong 49ers run defense (Ranked 26th vs RBs in 2020) to kick off the season. Temper expectation this week.


Saquon Barkley Vs DEN (@K_H_Ray)

All signs point towards Saquon being available this Sunday after spending the past year recovering from his Week 2 ACL tear. It will be difficult to sit Barkley if he's active given the high draft pick investment, but temper expectations as the Giants will likely ease him back into live-action. The Giants also have a short week going into Week 2, playing the Washington Football Team next Thursday night.


Houston RBs Vs JAX (@ZTwiceFF)

Who knows what is going on in Houston. David Johnson is joined by Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and Rex Burkhead. There may be someone who has value if they take the lead role but we have no way of knowing who will have what role at this point.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Starts

Start Of The Week

Robert Woods Vs CHI (@MattFFDynasty)

Coming off another high-end WR2 finish in 2020, Robert Woods now enters the 2021 season with a significant upgrade at QB with the offseason addition on Matthew Stafford. This could be a close game but Woods is often used in a variety of ways on this Rams offense and ranked 4th in Yards After Catch amongst WRs in 2020. He should see plenty of opportunities in this one.


Antonio Brown Vs DAL (@K_H_Ray)

Things really started to pick up late last season for Brown. Over the last 6 games (including playoffs) AB had 40 targets, 28 receptions, and 6 touchdowns. Surely a touchdown per game is setting the bar a bit high, but the chemistry between Brady and AB is undeniable. I'm starting Brown until he gives me a reason not to, particularly in Week 1 against a Dallas secondary that is rebuilding with several rookies and younger talent.


Robby Anderson Vs NYJ (@ZTwiceFF)

Who doesn't love a good revenge story? Buried by Adam Gase, Anderson has proven to be a top WR in football with the change of scenery. His top 20 finish last year was no fluke and I expect him to keep it going against his former team with Sam Darnold.

 

Sits

Sit of the Week

Kenny Golladay Vs DEN (@K_H_Ray)

Quite the turbulent start for the Giants as another star offensive weapon begins the season at less than full strength. As of this writing, Golladay is questionable but practicing in a limited fashion. Hamstring injuries always seem to be a bit temperamental, but the bigger issue is the top-ranked Denver secondary he'll go up against. I'm looking elsewhere for WR production this week.


Allen Robinson @ LAR (@MattFFDynasty)

Allen Robinson will be a target hog once again for CHI this year, but the issue as always for Robinson is QB play. Andy Dalton will be the Week 1 starter and the Bears go up against the top-ranked pass defense of last season. Robinson will have to contend with star CB Jalen Ramsey for most of the evening and last season, he had his lowest target amount of the season vs LAR. He’ll be hard to bench given where you had to draft him, but better performances are to come after this week is out of the way.


Mike Williams @ WAS (@ZTwiceFF)

I really like the outlook of Mike Williams in LA this year as the X WR. He has not practiced fully over the last couple and I want to see he is healthy before having confidence in starting him.

 

Tight End

 

Starts

Start Of The Week


Mike Gesicki @ NE (@ZTwiceFF)

With there being so much unknown in the TE landscape, I always like to chase volume. During the pre-season Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa targeted his TE's heavily. The Dolphins will also be without top wideout Will Fuller, starting a rookie WR, and Parker will be coming off an injury. I like Gesicki in week 1.


Mark Andrews @ LV (@MattFFDynasty)

After recently signing his huge contract extension this week, Mark Andrews should be able to celebrate with a strong performance against the Las Vegas Raiders who were an average pass defense last season. There should be plenty of opportunity for Andrews with numerous BAL WRs struggling with injuries this offseason, expect QB Lamar Jackson to lean